This publication provides a summary of some of the research evidence on the impact of parental involvement on children’s education, the stages at which it is know to have an impact, and the types of activities which are influential. Overall, research has consistently shown that parental involvement in children’s education does make a positive difference to pupils’ achievement

Most children have two main educators in their lives – their parents and their teachers. Parents are the prime educators until the child attends an early years setting or starts school and they remain a major influence on their children’s learning throughout school and beyond. The school and parents both have crucial roles to play.

Children achieve more when schools and parents work together. Parents can help more effectively if they know what the school is trying to achieve and how they can help.